2002 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

SKU #1054226 93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A profound, light to medium-bodied wine, the 2002 Corton-Charlemagne bursts from the glass with minerals, flowers, fresh herbs, and hints of mint. It is a pure, fleshy offering of outstanding depth, concentration, and power. Loads of sappy minerals are intermingled with spices and apples in its refined, noble character. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016. (PR)  (2/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Intense and minerally, rich but not fat, and racy, evoking lemon, apple and stone notes accented by spicy oak. Still very tightly wound and balanced, this will need time to unwind, or decant if you must drink it now. Best from 2006 through 2015. (BS)  (7/2004)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Considerably bigger and more intense with lovely, extremely fresh and notably complex citrus and green apple aromas framed by obvious mineral notes that lead to powerful if relatively forward and fat flavors with fine persistence. This will unwind relatively quickly for a Corton-Charlemagne as it's quite forward yet for all the richness, size and fat, it remains a very detailed effort. I like this...Vincent Girardin told me that things are now working well in his new cuvérie on the outskirts of Meursault. 'We've got the kinks worked out and I'm convinced that this will enable to ascend to the next level of quality. 2002 is an excellent vintage with very fine structure and wonderfully elegant wines in both red and white. We had less yield than in 2001 and there was virtually no chaptalization as the 1ers were at least 13.5% and the Bienvenues hit 14.7%. It was clear from the beginning that '02 was a very rich vintage and thus I did much less bâtonnage than usual and in some cases, I did none at all. I'm trying more and more to privilege the sense of minerality in my wines, indeed to make them much more terroir oriented than I have in the past. As such, I again lowered the percentage of new oak and it's around 40% of the 1ers and 80% for the grands crus now.' (AM)  (7/2004)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very subdued nose hints at apple, minerals and nutty oak. Then intensely flavored, penetrating and youthfully backward, with bracing flavors of apple, spiced pear and powdered stone. Very densely packed, spicy wine that's currently dominated by its powerful spine. This needs a good five or six years to blossom in the bottle and may well merit a higher score.  (10/2004)

K&L Notes

Jancis Robinson: "Lots of minerality and a certain amount of citrus tension. It’s trying! Competent, but not necessarily more exciting than the Folatières." (11/2005)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.